One of the main questions people who have been following the case against Adnan Syed always ask, is—why on earth would the State's star witness, Jay Wilds, completely lie through his teeth when it came to his testimony that Syed strangled a girl to death?
I mean, who would ever do that? And, if they did, why would they do that?!! Surely, nobody would invent a story like that, and send an innocent person to jail, for the rest of their life?
What could their motivation possibly be to spur them to commit such a heinous act?
Well, perhaps they would lie if the motivation to do so was strong enough—if, perhaps, that motivation was to save their own ass from jail.
As Popdust previously reported, Syed has spent the past 15 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life plus 30, for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, back in 1999—the 34-year-old vehemently maintains his innocence.
The case garnered national attention last year after NPR reporter, and This American Life producer, Sarah Koenig, covered it in great depth, on Serial, her weekly podcast series. However, after twelve gripping episodes, listeners were left no clearer as to Syed's innocence or guilt.
Rabia Chaudry, the lawyer who first alerted Koenig to the case, along with fellow attorneys, Susan Simpson and Colin Miller, are giving their all in an attempt to remedy that—working tirelessly to tear apart the State's case against Syed—and they are broadcasting their findings every two weeks on their podcast series, Undisclosed: The State Vs Adnan Syed.
During the first episode of Undisclosed, the team dissected the State's version of what occurred on January 13, 1999, the day Hae was murdered—pulling to pieces many of the witness statements, and turning up two shocking new accounts of what allegedly went down that day, that were never presented at either the first trial (which ended in a mistrial), or the second, which resulted in Syed's conviction.
In a follow-up special broadcast a week later, titled, Addendum 1: New Information About The Trip To Cathy's, Chaudry, Simpson and Miller shredded another vital, key piece of the prosecution's case against Syed—what purportedly went down January 13 (post murder, pre-body dump), at the apartment of "Cathy" [real name Christy], a close friend of Wilds'.
The second installment of Undisclosed, focused on Hae's movements that fateful day—and, as became evident very early on in Serial, the prosecution's version of events appears to be more than a little “off."
Then, in a second special, titled Addendum 2: More information on Takera, and on Hae's other diary—they presented the revelation that Hae kept a second diary, which, if found, could possibly hold the key to Adnan proving his innocence.
The last podcast, covering the purported events of Jay's day on January 13, proved to be the real Kryptonite when it comes to the State's case against Syed—as the Undisclosed team presented a solid case arguing that the Baltimore Police Department may have coached their star witness, and even perhaps coerced him into giving false testimony.
This week though, shit got even more real, with a special podcast titled, Addendum 3: When Did Jay First Talk To The Cops—which seemed to present a clear cut motivation for Jay Wilds to go along with cops' wishes and totally invent his testimony against Syed.
The Undisclosed team puts forth a really good argument that Wilds actually met with cops several times before his official "first" interview of February 28—they also throw some very serious doubt on how they were led to Wilds as a witness in the first place.
But, the real bombshell, is the revelation that Wilds had a stet entered by the State's prosecutor, on March 5, just a week after he gave his first "official" interview—basically relinquishing him of his pending criminal charges.
“On January 27, Jay was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest," Chaudry explains. "Jay was never prosecuted on those charges however, because,on March 5, a stet was entered.
"A stet is kind of like a pause button on a criminal charge. It doesn't dismiss the charge, but it does suspend it, and, as long as the defendant complies with any conditions that are imposed by the prosecutor entering the stet it will be dismissed at a later date. "
Whoa! seriously? You catch that?!!! Is that motivation enough for somebody to lie through their fucking teeth?!!!
Oh, and, know what? The States other star witness, Jenn, met with the prosecutor the goddamn day before......
I'm telling you—this is just personal speculation, but, I have a really strong gut instinct that tells me the Baltimore cops just wanted to clear this murder case off their books really quick—they looked to the "Muslim" ex-boyfriend as their prime suspect and then just fitted the whole case accordingly.
Only time will tell I guess......
Meanwhile, keep checking back on Popdust for more updates on the story—and head over to audioboom for more Undisclosed: The state Vs Adnan Syed.